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Schoolchildren in the corona crisis: Don't forget us

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Every now and then it is said that the schools are open. But no, they are not. Because the alternating lessons, which have been taking place in Hamburg since the end of the March holidays, only apply to some of the children and young people. In elementary schools there are face-to-face classes in half the class on a few days a week, and in the final years of secondary schools as well. However, all other students sit at home all the time.

For example, the ten and eleven year olds: The fifth graders have not seen a classroom from the inside since Christmas. They haven't been to secondary schools long, but only see their new classmates on the screen. The youngsters in the eleventh grade also study alone. In the coming year, they will write their Abitur at high schools - as the year whose preparation time was most affected by the Corona measures.

Here pupils of different years at three Hamburg high schools tell how they feel about the fact that they have not been allowed to go to school for a quarter of a year - and will probably not be allowed to do so in the foreseeable future, because nationwide, a central measure of fighting pandemics will continue set on school closings.

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"All people without children think the children are happy because they are allowed to go to school. But most children are not allowed to. Corona started pretty much exactly when I started high school. At first I was allowed to wear a mask School. Now I am studying on the computer, everything that is fun in class is missing. At our high school, for example, there is a get-to-know-you-drive that is canceled. In biology class, you usually go outside, there is no such thing now I learned a lot of Latin and the commutative law in math, but there are no breaks in which you can move or see your friends. " Nepomuk, 10, is in the fifth grade.

"My little sister is nine and is in third grade. She's allowed to go to school for two or three days a week. I think that's stupid because I'm almost alone at home during that time, only with my father and my dog. Sitting in front of the computer bores me, sometimes I look out the window or turn off the camera to juggle, that's what I'm learning. At school, when the teacher is in front of me, I can listen better, everything goes better in my head. And then my little sister comes home beaming and tells how great it was with her friends in the school yard or that she got something sweet from her teacher. I think it could be for us fifth graders again soon go. " Frieda, 11, is in the fifth grade.

"In the long run it is terribly exhausting: working through the learning material at home at your desk without knowing what you will need it for in three or four years. I am not sure what I have learned in the last year for my later life, except how I rename a file or save a document as a PDF file. " Kaja, 14, is in ninth grade.

"The thought of doing my Abitur next year stresses me out. We are in the eleventh grade and haven't been to school for a while longer than the current Abitur class. Before the May holidays there will certainly be no face-to-face classes for us, maybe before them Not summer vacation. The transition to the upper school has already been eliminated: In the tenth grade, all exams have been canceled. Now we write three-hour tests in German, we have never practiced that. Most of the time I sit alone at my desk and do it Tasks that the teachers send me via Moodle. We have to teach ourselves a lot, video conferences are only available for one or two hours a day. In the classroom, you learned yourself when others asked something. you sat next to it and noticed: 'I would never have come up with this question - but yes, I should probably know that too!' This interaction is missing now. I can't imagine how I should finish high school, even if it's still a year away. " Enya, 17, is in eleventh grade.